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Felix | Criminal lawyers will do more, but not for less

Instead of giving tube 
drivers a bonus for working during the Olympics the government should implement Louise Casey’s report and fund initiatives to stem entrenched criminal behaviours, says Felix

10 August 2012

Gripped by Olympic fever, and basking in the glow of Danny Boyle’s spectacular, brilliant, startling opening ceremony, we are relishing the challenges, trials and tribulations of the athletes as they go further, higher, faster – or in the case of the “thrown” badminton match by the South Korean and China ladies – slower, wider, shorter, rubbishier.

As barristers of course we have missed out on one Olympic event – the “Olympic work bonus” event, where those who would ordinarily be working are paid extra to work as they would have been ordinarily. Gold medals as usual go to the RMT and the tube drivers, managed by their remorselessly successful coach Bob Crowe. Sadly the Criminal Bar Association simply “failed to turn up for the event”, as the sports commentators like to say. Indeed, it was worse than that, as we have seen many of our fixtures cancelled or postponed because of the restriction on sitting...

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